Former associate political director in the Reagan administration and author of “What America Needs: The Case for Trump,” Jeffrey Lord, spoke with Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon today about the Iowa caucuses and events going forward in the GOP primary state of New Hampshire.
Said Lord: “The first thing we need to say here in terms of Donald Trump is, this is a guy who’s a businessman, who’s never run for office in his life and wasn’t expected to do well in Iowa in the first place and he came within two-points of first place. I think that’s incredible. I was always sort of skeptical of these polls because, to be perfectly candid, it’s a caucus state and these polls are, I felt, less than reliable” due to the caucus process.
Lord also pointed out that Trump received more votes in second place than previous winners, and noted Ronald Reagan lost the Iowa caucuses in 1980 before going on to win the Republican nomination and general election in a landslide.
Lord also noted Reagan’s 1976 effort, in which he lost many of the early states before beginning to win. He went all the way to the Republican convention where he lost in a floor vote to Gerald Ford.
Recent comments from Trump that he may have taken Iowa a bit lightly were also discussed, with Lord saying there is no doubt he is now focused on New Hampshire and committed to win. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is also from New Hampshire, as Lord pointed out.
Lord also pointed out that Trump, perhaps unexpectedly, somewhat split the evangelical vote with Ted Cruz in Iowa and the politics of New Hampshire are quite different and seemingly more favorable to the businessman and still national frontrunner, Donald Trump.
You can hear the rest of the Breitbart News Daily interview with Jeffrey Lord below: